The House of Representatives will consider a bill today allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry handguns across state lines, reports the Daily Caller. A floor vote is expected on the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill introduced by Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Heath Shuler (D-NC). The legislation would allow those with permits to carry a concealed handgun in any state where concealed carry is not restricted. Forty nine states allow some form of concealed carry, but the training and requirements for obtaining a permit vary.
The bill is poised to pass the Republican-controlled House: It has more than 245 co-sponsors, and it survived the markup process intact, despite numerous attempts by Democrats to amend it. National Rifle Association lobbyist Chris Cox says the current situation “presents a nightmare for interstate travel.” The proposed law, he argued, “would solve this problem by simply requiring states that allow concealed carry to recognize each others' permits.” Gun control advocates such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Mayors Against Illegal Guns say the legislation would erode the laws of states with stricter gun controls. The Brady Campaign said the bill should be called the “packing heat on your street bill,” and Mayors Against Illegal Guns called it “a race to the bottom.”